This is NOT good news. Maybe the ONE injury Kobe can’t play through…
O.C. Register: Kobe Bryant didn’t play in the fourth quarter Tuesday night in the Lakers’ loss to the Spurs after back spasms flared up in the first quarter.
Bryant still scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and had three assists in 32 minutes. But after playing through a fractured index finger that continues to give him some problems, Bryant sat down for a chance because of the back.
Bryant headed to the locker room late in the first quarter with back spasms and re-emerged for the second quarter after getting his back loosened by core-strength specialist Alex McKechnie, one of the Lakers’ trainers. Bryant periodically showed signs of immobility and then seemed to stiffen up late in the third quarter.